The Funniest Alien Movies Ever Made

Comedies with an extraterrestrial element

We all love aliens, and we all love laughing, so what better than movies about aliens that are also comedies.

This was going to be a list of the top ten alien comedies, but we stuck in an eleventh becuase we couldn’t leave any of them out.

Mars Attacks!

A film that shouldn’t be nearly as funny as it is. Essentially it’s a collection of hilarious skits and cameos only loosely connected by a plot.

It’s as strange as you would expect a movie directed by Tim Burton to be. While it’s clearly an affectionate parody of old B movies, the movie also manages to contain elements of political satire and black comedy.

It’s not for everyone, as it is a little scatter gun, but if you’re in the right frame of mind for something wild you should certainly take a look at Mars Attacks!

Spaceballs

One of Mel Brooks’ funniest movies, and that’s saying something. Spaceballs mercilessly pokes fun at the Star Wars franchise. Something a franchise that takes itself so seriously desperately needs.

Spaceballs is a cult classic that keeps on giving, although it does require a good knowledge of the original Star Wars movies to make watching it worthwhile. Amongst it’s large cast is John Candy and Rick Moranis. So you know it’s going to be 80s and fun.

Men in Black

Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith team up in this off beat blockbuster to create an odd couple of detectives. Tommy Lee Jones plays Agent K, an experienced and unflappable older agent showing Smith’s new agent the ropes.

There are a lot of special effects in this movie, which have of course dated since its release. Yet it still holds up due to the undeniable chemistry between Lee Jones and Smith, who trade quips relentlessly and with great timing.

Galaxy Quest

This list wouldn’t be complete without Galaxy Quest. It’s a parody of science fiction movies and yet is also a pretty good science fiction movie in it’s own right.

A group of actors in a science fiction tv show are mistaken for actual intergalactic hero’s by an advanced alien race without any concept of drama. The actors are then thrust into an interstellar skirmish that’s completely over their heads.

Whoever did the casting for Galaxy Quest deserves heaps of praise. Bringing together Tim Allen, Signory Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell together in one awesome ensamble. It’s clear the cast had a great time together as they play off each other perfectly.

Galaxy Quest is always a fun watch.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

An ambitious movie that was perhaps unfairly criticised for not living up to the grandeur of the novels, and radio show, it was based on.  In many ways the movie does not match up to its source material, but what could?

It’s still a charming tour round a bizarre galaxy filled with humour. And what more could you really ask for?

Paul

Made by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Paul is a charming movie and a love song to Pegg and Frost’s favourite childhood alien movies.

The alien in this movie, Paul, is a smart mouthed grumpy little green man. He meets Pegg and Frost as he tries to escape from the FBI. From here we get what is essentially a buddy movie. But a buddy movie elevated by a witty script and Pegg and Frost’s natural comedic rhythms. And a lot of sci-fi in-jokes.

Attack the Block

A  film that’s also on our list of best low budget science fiction movies. Directed by Joe Cornish, Attack the Block is a science-fiction-action movie that’s full of a very British humour.

The plot sees aliens invade South London and get what’s coming to them courtesy of a group of teenagers. The movie revels in its quirky, dry and dark British humour and includes a fun cameo with Nick Frost.

The movie is also worth watching due to a breakout performance by John Boyega. If you haven’t come across it before, here’s the trailer:

Guardians of the Galaxy

The breakout hit of The Marvel Universe. Guardians of the Galaxy introduced the world to Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket and Groot.

Alongside an awesome soundtrack, what made this movie stand out is the hilarious chemistry between the Guardians. Perhaps more than any Marvel movie before it, Guardians of the Galaxy used humour to add depth and even pathos to its characters.

The World’s End

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s second entry on this list, The World’s End is an usual movie in that’s it’s essentially a coming of age story about guys in their thirties.

The plot of the movie centres around a group of school friends going back to their home town for a glorious pub crawl. What starts as a very British comedy about a group of friends quickly turns into a weird science fiction movie involving androids.

On one level this is a funny sci-fi movie, but it’s also a touching story about letting go of your past and becoming an adult.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A gender-bending sci-fi  musical comedy with more than a touch of erotica, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic that endures to this day.

Written by Richard O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Picture Show brought together a stellar cast including Tim Curry, Meatloaf and Susan Sarandon. The plot of the show is less important than its wild, and possibly insane, humour. Full of amazing songs and quotable lines, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has danced into cult movie history.

Thor: Ragnarok

The movie when Thor finally became Thor. After a few pretty average and forgettable movies, the Norse God finally found his feet. This was largely down to the excellent direction of Taika Waititi, who also directed Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Under Waititi’s direction, Hemsworth found Thor’s sense of humour. A sense of humour borne out of Thor’s confidence and his weirdness. This, coupled with a great supporting cast like Korg (voiced by Waititi himself) and the excellent Tessa Thompson as the permanently drunk Valkyrie, helped make Ragnarok a great movie that you couldn’t help laughing along with.

It’s also pretty clear that Mark Ruffalo has never had as much fun playing Bruce Banner.

We hope you’ve found a new movie for you to enjoy. But if you’re still looking, why not take a look at our list of the best ever science fiction movies.